Has political correctness gone mad?

SURVEY outcomes from the new study by the Australian Seniors Insurance Agency shows the majority of Seniors are really over political correctness.

ACCC sues Ford over automatic gearbox customer failures

The 2015 Ford Focus Hatch Sport.

The ACCC has launched court action against Ford.

The ticking time bomb that nearly killed our top cop

Superintendent Darryl Johnson spent nearly four months recovering from heart surgery. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily

Routine trip to doctor revealed nasty surprise

Pearfect for your health

The fruit that makes an ideal choice for snacking and cooking

Meet 7 of the Fraser Coast's most eligible bachelors

Fraser Coast eligible bachelor - Bobbi Depp.

Are you single and looking for love?

Controversial clergy back in Holy Orders

Former Grafton Anglican Deacon Pat Comben has been reinstated to the church's Holy Orders.

Former Grafton Deacon says church is not learning from mistakes.

Glitter obsession not so glitzy for the environment

Courtney Smoulden and Dylan Barker sporting some of the extensive glitter available at Splendour in the Grass 2017 near Byron Bay.

All that glitters is not necessarily gold

Will Yvonne make up with son, Bride and Prejudice's Chris?

Grant and Chris feature on the TV series Bride & Prejudice. Supplied by Channel 7.

YVONNE hasn't seen her son Chris since he wed on Bride and Prejudice

Parents told baby would die after birth - but he survived

Natalie Forsdike with partner Jonny Spain and their newborn child Finn. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

The prognosis was so serious they were even offered a termination

Devastated mum believes this would have saved her baby's life

Elisha Palmer with son Knox

"I carry that guilt of why didn’t we get one"

Let kids play with fire and power tools, researchers say

Kids Around Campfire

“Risky play” actually increases kids’ safety awareness

Twins born at 23 weeks survive despite being 'too young to save'

The doctors didn’t have high hopes for such premature babies but Dolly and Albert had other ideas.

Their mother went into labour at 22 weeks and six days.

Mum mistakes meningococcal disease for 'just the flu'

Jenna has had the fingers and thumb amputated from one arm and below the elbow amputated on the other. Source: Supplied

It wasn't the flu, it was really something far worse.

Big numbers of endangered shark off Rainbow Beach

INCREDIBLE: Divers at Wolf Rock off Rainbow Beach recently spotted up to 70 pregnant female sharks at a time of the critically endangered grey nurse shark.

'We've stumbled across one of the premier dive spots in Australia.'

Hate camping? This idea might change your mind

Imagine arriving at a camp site and all the hard work is done.

Camp Hire Australia hires the gear and will even pitch and pack away

From hospital bed to six-day, 250km desert run

IN TRAINING: Neil Collie runs trails around the scenic Glass House Mountains area in preparation for the 250km Big Red Run.

How a stroke survivor will tackle a gruelling desert ultra marathon

FISHING: Good fish around islands and nearby reefs

BEAUT BARRA: Brenden Warren with a nice local barra.

SCOTTY LYCH shares his fishing tips for this weekend.

Forecast ain't great, but offshore could be better

A pretty healthy sized fingermark nailed by Graham Edmunds recently.

Sunday has the recipe for good reef catches

Final days to win $5000 BCF voucher!

$5000 BCF voucher up for grabs!

Don't miss out on this!

Will eating bread make you fat?

I’m going to go out on a limb here and declare my love for bread. No doubt the low-carbers and carbophobes will want my head. So, let me explain.

Picky eater? You could get someone killed

Chef Patrick Friesen has vented on Instagram about diners claiming to have various allergies.

Picky eaters are a danger to people with potentially fatal allergies

UnBEERlievable! Is this the worst idea ever?

Aurosa for women.

There's a new tipple on the scene - a beer just for ladies

Creative cakes win major awards at London competition

WINNING CAKE: Merivale Cakes and Crafts' student Narelle Brown won gold for her Ned Kelly creation at the Alexandra Palace International Cake Decorating Competition in London.

Together they took 15 students overseas on their annual tour

Working class? Man, Gympie's got the show for you

Jimmy Barnes

Aussie rock icons coming to Gympie for 150th celebrations.

Holy schnit: This steak's the size of a small child

WHAT A STEAK: Sarah Atkins was amazed to see the Pinnacle Pub crumbed steak was bigger than one of her four-month-old twin daughters, Jorja.

It's not every day you get served a steak as big as a baby

What your food cravings mean and how to beat them

Craving chocolate?

Science has also been looking into ways we can reduce our cravings

How often should you clean your sheets?

WE spend about a third of our day between the sheets, so how often should we clean them?

Style: How to get light and warmth in the dark months

A contemporary interior and fireplace that takes advantage of skylights and big windows.

Ultimate glamorous accessory for any home in winter is a fire

How coal-fired power station would reduce NQ power bills

Townsville Enterprise policy and investment director Michael McMillan said the State Government could still meet its 50 per cent renewables target with a coal plant.

Low emission coal-fired power station would lower power bills

Style: A bath is not a thing of the past

Baths remain a sought-after luxury item in many homes.

Baths use about half the water that your average shower consumes

Don't overlook the gardenia

Our garden guru says there is one species that can beautify any space - even a car park.

Native plants best for growing underneath powerlines

IVORY CURL: Buckinghamia celsissima has been used successfully in southern Queensland.

NEIL Fisher shares this week's gardening tips.

We've a sweet idea for berry lovers

Now's the time to plant strawberries, so next time you fancy making cheesecake, pavlova or trifle you'll have these delicious berries at your fingertips.

Why not try your hand at growing your own delicious strawberries

Gardening: Grow your own citrus trees

Citrus trees are not just for commercial growers; they are great in home gardens too.

They're packed with vitamin C and they're flowering now

Leading beekeeper fined over threatening disease

Busy Bee still buzzing in the cold morning air.

The disease poses one of the most dire threats to the industry

Costa, mayor to face-off over Urban Food Street destruction

COSTA Georgiadis from ABC's Gardening Australia wants to sit down and discuss verge gardening with Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson in the wake of the Urban Food Street fiasco.

"Do they really want everyone against them?”

Airlines talk Sydney and Melbourne direct Rocky flights

While southern centres are the preferred destinations, study shows surprise location of travellers flocking to Rocky.

BREAKING: International flights trial for Rocky revealed

An Air New Zealand Boeing B777-200 ZK-OKE parked at the Rockhampton Airport after a recent diversion.

Rockhampton Regional Council reveal international flight plans

Cheers for FNQ's beers

TOP TALENT ON SHOW: The Cairns region has had an explosive growth in the brewing scene.

The Cairns region has had an explosive growth in the brewing scene

Qantas lifts security to help fight against threat of IS

Flying at the pointy end of a Qantas plane might not be as out of reach as you think.

Qantas bans duty-free items out of the Philippines

Teens on holiday caught up in sexual assault nightmare

Savk Hotel

Hotel staff claimed the group of teens were "looking for group sex"

Cruise control: The Gold Coast by cruise boat

Surfers Paradise beach on Queensland's Gold Coast and, right, QT's Bazaar Restaurant; Elvis impersonator Jay Dupuis performs.

The Gold Coast can be as laid back as you want it

France, where there's music on every corner

Musicians perform during the Fete de la Musique Music event in Paris.

Celebration of the solstice brings out the best and worst

The TV show Rocky couldn't get enough of this week

Over 13,000 residents tuned in to watch this nail-biting finale

MOVIE REVIEW: War for the Planet of the Apes

A scene from the movie War for the Planet of the Apes.

Andy Serkis monkeys around with Apocalypse Now.

Ninja Warrior airs clips of dead contestant Johann Ofner

Johann Ofner has been identified as the man shot dead in an incident in the Brisbane CBD this afternoon

He was killed before the series went to air.

Justin Bieber speaks after cancelling 14 concerts

Helal’s selfie with Bieber

So is he starting his own church or not?

Kendall Jenner's raunchy pose could breach standards

Kendall Jenner

Other celebs including Rita Ora, Bella Hadid posted similar shots.

The best and worst reality TV coming

Matty J in a scene from episode two of The Bachelor.

Reality TV bonanza as Hell’s Kitchen, The Block and Survivor launch.

LINGERIE SHOW: Gladstone models leave little to the imagination

"It's really an adrenaline rush, it's so much fun getting on stage," one model said.

Bridal wear shops unite to fight gown maker's collapse

Lasting Impressions owner Leah Stevens helps Grafton bride to be Natalie Jackson find another wedding dress.

Brides left in the lurch by collapses of overseas gown maker.

Gladstone model takes out national Face of Origin comp

QUEENSLAND BEAUTY: Face of Origin Gladstone representative Alice Litzow won the ultimate prize.

Alice comes out on top after three-day national final in Brisbane

Booming new Rocky business an Aussie first

Rodeo and arena wear at Crossdraw Rockhampton

First ever Crossdraw store opens up here in Rocky

Aussie bride's $1600 dream wedding with 100 guests

Emilyrose Fitzpatrick tied the knot in Scotland Picture: Facebook/Emilyrose Fitzpatrick

“Don’t make it about anyone but yourself and don’t compromise.”

Scarification: World’s most shocking and extreme body art

The scar this leaves will depend on how the person takes care of it.

World’s most shocking body art...*WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT*

LG's 77 inch wallpaper TV has $40k price tag

IT'S the television that had tech journalists from around the world drooling.

This iPhone keyboard hack is hugely satisfying

Best hidden features of iPhones revealed

Is ALDI about to clog the sewers?

Aldi is set to open in Central Queensland after the project was given the green light.

ALDI sparks debate after it advertises it is selling flushable wipes

$6 wine a winner for Coles

Coles Group wine buyer Ed Ashley holding last year’s award-winning bottle. Photo: Sam Wundke

Cabernet sauvignon given a gold rating by all judges

LG Twin Wash promises to slash laundry time

Half of Australians do their laundry two to four times every week

Important lessons when teaching teens good money habits

Putting away a bit away, over a long time is the key to building wealth. Sit down with your teenager and show them the power of compounding. PHOTO: AAP

Wealth experts detail financial skills that teenagers should learn

BlackBerry is back: But sorry, it's atrocious

BlackBerry KEYone might be better left in the past.

The display is just 4.5-inches to make room for the keyboard

Sorry men, the 'boys' aren't swimming the way they should

SPERM concentrations in Western men have declined by more than 50 per cent over the past 40 years, according to a major new study.

27-year-old in ‘menopause’ shares her ‘shocking’ reality

Thessy Kouzoukas, 27, shared the images on her Instagram to prove the agonising condition is “no joke.”

Pictures show the effect endometriosis can have on a woman’s body.

Brutal twist in Charlie Gard case

Charlie Gard's mother and father, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, announced that they have abandoned their legal fight at the Family Division hearing at the High Court in the five month legal battle for the right for Charlie to undergo experimental therapy in the USA. Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage.

Parents of Charlie Gard withdraw request to take their son to US

Seniors stun in swimsuits at Grandbikini

Contestants compete for titles at the Grandbikini.

Move over Miss Universe – it’s time for the Grandbikini.

'Going to explode': Gladstone woman suffers infectious disease

TERRIBLE IMPACT: The Observer's own Danae Jackson lives with chronic pain after contracting Ross River virus.

It's like arthritis through your whole body

Inquest into woman's death calls for changes at hospital

Gwendoline Mead died 12 days after having elective surgery

Determined and social 23-year-old battles 'invisible' illness

IT'S TOUGH: Candace Carter, of Churchill, reveals the challenges of living with chronic illness.

Time to start talking about chronic illness

Teen's first book lifts lid on drugs, depression, sexuality

COAST teenager takes no-holds-barred approach to adolescence in first, self-published book.

Messy lessons to be learnt all day with a little one around

LESSONS: It's a learning curve having a little one, as I'm finding out, in a messy way.

OPINION: Never have I trusted farts less than with a newborn

Leaping into adulthood

NO CONSENT NEEDED: At 18 you can get a tattoo, vote, apply for credit, and go skydiving without permission.

New 18-year-old ready to take the plunge into adult life

Aussie toddler pulled from bottom of Bali pool, in coma

Kawa Sweeney

A GoFundMe page raised more than $75,000 in less than 24 hours

Surprise! Baby born on kitchen floor

Joby Higham and Rachel Finucane with newborn baby Aurora Jade Higham born on the 23rd of July in her parents kitchen in Maryborough.

A Maryborough mum was forced to have her baby on her kitchen floor.

More parents using photographer to capture baby’s birth

Amanda and Jarrd Schenk, moments after Chloe was born.

Amanda Schenk wanted a photographer by her side during birth

'Why I took my kids to Splendour'

MUM AND KIDS: Kazzie Mahina, with kids Makoa, 4, and six-month-old Kona, at Splendour.

Child minding at the awesome Little Splendour too good to pass up

Karl Stefanovic breaks his silence on divorce, new love

KARL Stefanovic faced a huge backlash when he began a new relationship five months after his marriage ended. Now he’s explained what happened.

Say I do to having pets at your wedding

PET FRIENDLY WEDDING PLANNING: Having your fur babies at your wedding isn't just for celebrities.

Pet-friendly wedding planning

Why I said breastfeeding in public is illegal

Yummy Mummy Maria DiGeronimo.

I BREASTFED and I am all FOR breastfeeding and support it, but...

Woman says she was sacked for being polyamorous

Andrea, Michael and Laura live an unconventional lifestyle but insist they are happy.

Polyamorous woman says she was sacked for her lifestyle